Kibbie Dome plays the role of the home for Idaho Vandals football team. The stadium that originally was built as an open venue had a barrel arched roof added few years after opening in 1971. It is a multipurpose arena serving also basketball, tennis and indoor track and field competitions.
It is the second smallest home stadium for Division I college and with only 16000 seats available Idaho Vandals tickets might disappear sooner than later.
Basketball takes place within the arena too. Its configuration is named Cowan Spectrum and allows around 7000 fans to enjoy the game of basketball.
Idaho Vandals football program began in 1893 and the college is member of Sun Belt Conference NCAA Division I FBS. The program had been members of several conferences in the past and it rejoined its current one in 2014.
Basketball program took off in 1905 starting as an independent program. Through the years, the same as football, the basketball changed its conference several times and currently the Vandals sit in the Big Sky Conference, NCAA Division I.
The college’s colours are gold and silver and their mascot is known by the name of Joe Vandal. Their rivals are Washington State, Boise State and Montana.
To date the football programs have all time record of 450-599-27, 11 playoff appearances (while in Division I- AA) with a combined record of 6-11, 10 conference titles and they played in two Bowl games, winning both of them.There have been some lasting and great careers in NFL that started in Idaho. Players like Jerry Kramer, Mark Schlereth or Wayne Walker made some lasting memories in the league.
Kramer, an offensive guard, played for the Packers for 11 seasons winning 2 Super Bowls and 5 NFL championships (before Super Bowl era) with them. He went to three Pro Bowls and was named five times to All- Pro First Team. He was also picked to NFL 1960s All- decade team and became the Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer.
Schlereth, another offensive lineman from Idaho, went onto winning three Super Bowls. One with the Redskins and two with the Broncos. He was also chosen to Pro Bowl twice and was named to Denver Broncos 50th Anniversary Team.
Walker, never won a championship in NFL but he spent 15 seasons playing as a linebacker and placekicker for Detroit Lions. He amassed 200 games in his career which was the second most for a defensive player.
Basketball programs had less success comparing to football teams. They have been to four NCAA tournaments and their biggest success came in 1982 when they reached the Sweet Sixteen stage. The Vandals have also been conference tournament champions four times and conference regular season champions five times.
It’s not much of surprise to know there wasn’t many Vandals in NBA due to overall lack of success. Their most known and the highest drafted to NBA player was Gus Johnson who spent ten seasons in NBA playing most of them four Baltimore Bullets.
In this time he was chosen to NBA All Star game five times, he was named to All- NBA Second Team four times and he finished his career playing for Indiana Pacers winning ABA championship with them.
It’s very easy to count all the successful players that transferred their college experience into pro leagues but the history shows the big success is still possible even if one comes from a small university.